East Chilliwack's first paid pastor, Ben Heppner, began his ministry in 1970. Attendance gradually declined in the 1970s. A number of older members had joined Broadway Mennonite Brethren Church in the early 1970s, desiring to continue worshiping in the German language. By 1980, many families had moved to the city, so East Chilliwack MB Church sold their building to a Canadian Reformed congregation and relocated to the city as well. Their new building was completed for use by February 1981, at which time the congregation changed its name to Chilliwack Central Mennonite Brethren Church. In 2003 the name was changed to Central Community Church.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s membership fluctuated due to occasional tensions in the congregation. However, significant attempts to reach out to the community resulted in steady growth through the first decade of the 21st century. In 2010 the congregation's membership was 340 with an average attendance of 600.
Canadian Mennonite (24 November 1961): 8.
Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. "Central Community Church." Web. 3 June 2006. http://www.mbconf.ca/mbstudies/holdings/bc/central.en.html.
Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 26.
Archival RecordsCentre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, MB: Volume 361, Reel 64.
Address: 46100 Chilliwack Central Road, Chilliwack, BC V2P 1J6
Website: Central Community Church
British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1945-present)
General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1945-2003)
Central Community Church Pastors
|Nicolai A. Rempel||1945-1946|
|Jacob I. Bergen||1946-1947|
|Nicolai A. Rempel||1947-1948|
|Heinrich A. Kroeker||1948-1950|
|Bernard P. Epp (interim)||1969-1970|
|Ben L. Heppner||1970-1975|
|Edward P. Hamm||1975-1982|
|Henry C. Born||1982-1985|
|Ron van Akker||2006-present|
Central Community Church Membership
|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||August 2011|
Cite This Article
Thiessen, Richard D. "Central Community Church (Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2011. Web. 16 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Central_Community_Church_(Chilliwack,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=86684.
Thiessen, Richard D. (August 2011). Central Community Church (Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 16 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Central_Community_Church_(Chilliwack,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=86684.
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